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Professor Caroline Humfress joined the School of History in September 2015, having taught previously at the University of London (Birkbeck), the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University. Her main research interests focus upon law and legal practice in comparative historical contexts, from Late Antiquity to the present day. She has published widely on the period c.200-c.600AD and is currently finishing a monograph for Oxford University Press: Multi-legalism in Late Antiquity. She is presently co-editing the Cambridge Comparative History of Ancient Law: the first project of its kind in the field of Comparative Ancient Legal History, working with an international team of scholars specialising in the fields of Ancient Greek, Roman, Indo-European, Near-Eastern and Chinese Law. Some of her current research also explores approaches from the disciplines of law and legal studies, anthropology and sociology and she is delighted to be joining the new University of St Andrew’s Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research.
Professor Humfress has also worked on the history of empires, recently co-editing a volume on Law and Empire: Ideas, Practices, Actors; in addition to researching early Christian history and ecclesiastical law. She is especially interested in studying law, religion and the state ‘in action’: how did individuals and groups attempt to ‘work’ the systems and structures within which they lived and what can this tell us about contemporary societies today, in global contexts?
She has taught a wide range of courses from archaic Greece to contemporary intellectual and political thought. In particular she has presented a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules on the religious, cultural and political history of Late Antiquity and the early Middle ages, as well as on the history of ideas (Classical, Medieval and Modern).
Deputy Director, University of St Andrews Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research
Legal and Constitutional Studies MLitt Co-Ordinator (to be offered from September 2016)
Teaching Lead, Marie Curie ITN Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom.
Academic Misconduct Officer, School of History
Lectures and teaches on the sub honours course ME1003 and offers the following Honours courses for 2015/16:
Professor Humfress is especially happy to receive applications to supervise postgraduate students within the following broad fields of study: Late Antique History c. 300 -600; Roman, Post-classical and Early Medieval legal, political and religious thought; and comparative legal history.
Current Research Student
Ingrid Ivarsen "Negotiating pasts and power in medieval Iceland: The dynamics of cultural memory and royal ideology in sagas and laws"
She has successfully supervised PhD/MPhil theses to completion in the following areas:
She has also been an active member on joint committees for PhD students at UC Berkeley; Princeton University and Harvard University